When I began blogging over a year ago, I was unknowingly becoming a part of a tight knit community. More specifically, the mommy blogging community. It’s a group of women that support each other in their writing and, as I soon found out, in life. I have yet to meet a fellow mommy blogger in person, but I have still become incredibly close to many of them through their blogs and social media. The friendships I have developed have been invaluable.
Last week, we lost one of our own. Melissa Matters of Wading Through Motherhood was a writer, a wife, a mother of two, and a friend to many. She was one of the first bloggers I met after joining this new community. Her encouragement and support of my blog mattered more to me than I can say. I was fortunate to be an admin of a facebook group with her which only increased our bond.Her writings are so easily relatable. As a mother myself, I have experienced many trials as a parent she so often described. She had the ability to put a positive and loving spin on everything she shared. She also tended to throw in a bit of humor. She knew parenthood is hilarious and ridiculous, and the only way to get through it is to laugh.
She will be missed dearly.
Below are just a few of my favorite posts of hers.
“Breathe in the moments of beauty, the silver linings, all the small, good things.
When everyone else has gone to sleep, breathe in the quiet night air. Breathe out all the negativity. Exhale and remember you can’t control everything.
“Are you used to having your life revolve around your baby’s nap schedule? Wouldn’t it be nice to be free of your nursing bra? Even though, you may not want to dance on any bars Coyote Ugly style, date night gives you the chance to let loose. This may mean staying out until 10 longer, having another glass of wine, or spontaneously ordering the molten chocolate lava cake that takes 20 minutes to prepare”.
“We used paper plates for dinner tonight while rows of clean, white china sat unused in the cabinets. And, on those paper plates sat leftovers, roasted chicken revived with herbs, barbecue sauce and a simple side of raspberries.
Because I’m not perfect.”
“You have a sign over your doorbell that says baby sleeping….your child is five but you just kept it up there because it sounds better than a ‘No solicitors’ sign…..if you’ve never done that, it’s a good idea huh?”
“8. Your fruit snacks fell on the ground in a sticky puddle of something at the mall. You want to eat them.
Yes, you may believe in the five second rule, but I don’t, especially not at the mall.”
If you’re a blogger, or just active on social media, please join me in continuing to share her brilliant works.
“For me, knowing that God is there cradling my babies, through it all, is a relief. And, I remember, Psalm 147:3: He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. ”
-Melissa Matters, Wading Through Motherhood (The Sting of Parenthood)